Lindy DeMelo-Garner Cheshire, United Kingdom
Lindy works from her studio in Cheadle and is inspired by her coastal New England roots. Her work is colourful as she layers glazes to make pieces with movement & depth. She strives to make functional tactile pieces people will reach for time and again.
I started working with ceramics seriously in late 2016 and took the leap (eek!) to go full time in December 2018.
From the moment my hands first touched a lump of clay, it was pure love. I was filled with wonder to realise what a spectacular variety of objects a single lump of clay can be shaped into.
I remain every bit as passionate about making beautiful objects as I was the first time I plunged my hands into the clay. I want to create pieces that make people smile – and knowing I have the ability to do that means that all the stress, hustle and uncertainty that comes from being a full-time artist feels worthwhile.
I find mugs and cups to be very personal objects – and for such a long time, I resisted making them. It was too much pressure to get them right!
If you’re anything like me, the mug you grab for that morning cup of coffee is special. It feels right in your hands. It’s soothing and comforting. You get more than a little annoyed if someone else uses your mug, because other mugs just don’t feel the same.
During the first Covid-19 lockdown in March 2020 – when the country, and in fact the whole world were shut down and we were all stuck at home - I decided to pass the time perfecting my wheel throwing skills and getting to grips with my mug making phobia.
I practiced at the wheel every day, for hours. Amidst all the chaos and sadness and complexity of those strange days and months, I have also been grateful for the time to hone my skill.
And if I can let you in on a secret? My phobia of making mugs has turned into a passion. I love making them. And I want to share that love. I want my mug to be the one you reach for every morning.